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When something that we consider bad happens to us or others, we may focus on the problem’s cause, not only in order to try to change the situation but maybe also to assign blame, perhaps even to God. In at least one case, however, God challenges us to focus less on the past cause and more on the future purpose for which He can use the particular suffering or affliction.

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“You’ve made this day a special day, by just your being you. There’s no person in the whole world like you. And I like you just the way you are.”

– Fred Rogers

THE construction crane that collapsed into Elan City Lights apartments last Sunday in Dallas fell close to home as Kilgoreite Emily Fried was one of the tenants at the apartment complex. With multiple injuries and one deceased, the week has been one filled of fear, distress and anticipation …

Many teens take a significant step toward adulthood when they get behind the wheel (and stereo volume controls) of their own vehicles.  My eldest and most expensive daughter recently reached this milestone when my wife and I purchased her a pre-owned 2018 Nissan Altima for her sixteenth birt…

“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.”

– Grouch Marx

In an address to the House of Commons in 1935, Winston Churchill warned of “the endless repetition of history.” His comments echo a quote by George Santayana in 1905: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” The knowledge and wisdom are as one.

The community can now boast an internationally-acclaimed luthier among Kilgore’s accolades. Former Kilgore ISD music instructor Mitch Moehring has been honing his skills as a bass craftsman for the past three years, and his dedication paid off this week as members of the International Society of Bassists gathered at Indiana University for their annual convention and competition.

“Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.”

City of Kilgore’s raced the clock (and the weather) to get City Pool open this season – June 8 will mark the first week of regular operations for Summer 2019, and the city’s ready to celebrate. “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” will be City Hall’s first dive-in movie at the pool – family-friendly, free, open to all – Saturday evening.

 “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”

Overton High’s green wave filled the stage of Dodson Auditorium Sunday afternoon when the 29-strong Mustang Class of 2019 received their diplomas.

If you own a business, you’ve always got plenty to think about: sales, marketing, employees, competition, industry trends, consumer preferences – the list goes on and on. It’s easy to get so caught up in your work that you might not take time to think about retirement. But if and when that day arrives, you’ll want to be prepared – which means you need a business succession plan.

All of us at one time or other has been in the position of needing to reach out for help, whether it is through a loss of job, home or family. Circumstances can be overwhelming, especially for the bread-winners of the home.

Kilgore College will offer an online training certificate program in food and beverage safety beginning June 15. The program, called ServSafe, is administered by the National Restaurant Association and is accredited by ANSI and the Conference for Food Protection.

Kilgore Police Department is urging local citizens to prepare a plan in the event they find themselves threatened by a dangerous attacker. On Thursday, KPD Officer Todd Nault visited Kilgore Lions Club to share information about “Avoid – Deny – Defend”, an active threat response program developed by the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Program at Texas State University.

For the sixth consecutive year, Kilgore’s Geekend brought fun and fans of comics, superheroes and more to the City of Stars. Held at the Texas Broadcast Museum on Main Street, Saturday’s event drew young and old fans alike in a shared appreciation for all things geeky and nerdy.

When the school year draws to a close, parents begin looking forward to the slower pace of summer–with a less regimented schedule, relaxing family vacations, and a long list of menial household chores to inflict upon the children anytime they mention being bored.

The 86th Texas legislative session ended this past Monday with the House’s passing but the Senate’s not voting on a bill related to decriminalizing some possession of marijuana. My News Herald colleague Rev. Will Wilson argued for the bill in his May 12th column, which teased my different perspective that now follows.

The men and women serving America in the armed forces today aren’t bothered by politics, Dr. Larry Gilbert says: they have their mission. “By the time you get to what you have to do, you’re not worried about politics. As matter of fact, that’s the last thing on your mind,” he said Monday. “You’re worried about your teammates and who’s in the foxhole with you.”

History was made at C.B. Dansby High School in Kilgore and on Saturday that history was memorialized. Alumni, former teachers, Kilgore city council members and old friends gathered where the school once stood at 630 Bates St. on May 25 to share memories, sing and view the unveiling of an Official Texas Historical Marker commemorating the school’s history.

“It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.”

– Patrick Rothfuss

ARIES (March 21-April 19) ★★★★ You act energized and might feel unusually content. You have a hot temper and understand what you need to do to calm the waters. Confusion surrounds your conversations, no matter how clear you want to be. Tonight: Beam in more of what you want.

It’s Rodeo Time in Gladewater, Texas! The Gladewater Round-Up Rodeo rides into town June 5–8, at the Gladewater Rodeo Arena. All the high-flying excitement starts Wednesday, June 5, with a full night of XTreme Bulls, followed by three nights of PRCA rodeo excitement Thursday, June 6–Saturday, June 8. Gates open nightly at 6 p.m.

I was blessed with four amazing and talented grandsons. The oldest of them, Jack, graduated from Robert E Lee High School in Tyler last night.

My daughter, his mom, generally calls him Jackson. My dad, before he died, called him Sam Jack – only heaven knows why. The rest of us mostly call him Jack.

Memorial Day weekend is a time of celebration and to honor our veterans.  It is also a time when many friends and family gather for cookouts, watch parades, go to the beach, visit amusement parks, and enjoy the much improved weather.  To ensure your celebrations go safely, here are some precautions to consider when planning for that weekend.

THE month of May is designated  a “color me purple” month from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Cystic Fibrosis affects the lungs and the fight for breath virtually turns the patient a bluish- purple in times of distress. The allergens and viruses found in the springtime can make living a harsh reality.  And just because the end of the month is drawing near doesn’t mean the fight is over, in fact it’s just the opposite for those who suffer and their families who attempt to breathe for them.